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Nicosia




Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is located at the center of the Mesaoria Plain of the island. The scenic background of Nicosia is provided by the Kyrenia mountain range. The city of Nicosia has enjoyed a position of being the seat of power from the 12th century and continues to do so in modern times as well. A perfect blend of the old and the new exists in Nicosia.

One of the prominent Cyprus Tourist Destinations, Nicosia has two distinct parts. The Old City of Nicosia is surrounded by thick walls built by the Venetians in order to protect the city. The walls separates the Old City from the bustling modern city of Nicosia. The Eleftheria Square is the point where the old and the new cities meet.

Nicosia has with numerous places of interest ranging from churches to mosques, palaces to museums. The gamut of museums in Nicosia exhibit an amazing collection of artifacts displaying the history, art, culture of Cyprus. The collections of the Cyprus Museum, the Folk Art Museum, the Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries and the National Struggle Museum make each one worth a visit.

The churches of Nicosia are important units of the life of the Cyprus people. The aesthetic beauty of the architecture of the churches and cathedrals of Nicosia belong to different periods of the past. Some of the significant ones are Ayios Ioannis Cathedral, Phaneromeni Church, Chrysaliniotissa Church, Tripiotis Church, etc.

The structures like Famagusta Gate, the House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornessios and the Omeriye Mosque also feature as tourist attractions of Nicosia. The city of Nicosia is the venue of the International State Fair and the Nicosia Arts Festival.
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